- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - A collection of letters a New York soldier wrote to his wife during the Civil War has been donated to an upstate historical group.

The Press-Republican of Plattsburgh reports (https://bit.ly/1Ue834N ) a California woman donated the letters to the Clinton County Historical Association.

The letters were written by Irish-born Joseph South to his Canadian-born wife, Catherine, after he enlisted in the 96th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment while the couple lived in the town of Peru, near Plattsburgh.

South was a first lieutenant in the regiment, which was primarily made up of soldiers from northeastern New York.

The unit served in the Union Army’s campaigns in Virginia, where South was killed in the assault at Cold Harbor on June 3, 1864.

In all, 41 letters he penned to his wife have survived, including the last one he wrote.

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Information from: Press-Republican, https://www.pressrepublican.com


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